Oh, the book is much better than the movie. Not to trash the film, but there's more of the Neil Gaiman touch to it than there is portrayed in the movie.
My kids loved this story so much they wanted to listen to it again immediately after it finished! Neil Gaiman reads it beautifully, and the singing rats were a real treat! The story is nicely complemented by the original music. Although the story is a bit spooky, neither of the kids (6 & 9 yo) was frightened by it. We are now anxious to listen to more Neil Gaiman stories.
mostly ya fiction... mostly...
I have been trying to become more familiar with children's lit, so I chose this one because it had some good reviews. The narration was great. The story was very juvenile because of its lack of literary merit and real depth, but did contain some rather dark elements.
I recommend it if you've got a child under ten years. Well under ten years.